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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Gender and sexuality in faiths - A select list

PS. This is more about the masculinity in faiths / religions; a continuously updated post, feel free to suggest more titles.

Islam
  • Feminist Discourse Analysis in Islamic Feminism, Global Journal of HUMAN SOCIAL SCIENCES Political Science Volume 13 Issue 1 Version 1.0 Year 2013. By Muhammad Salman, Dr. Arab Naz, Waseem Khan, Umar Daraz, Qaiser Khan & Muhammad Hussain, University of Malakand, Pakistan
  • The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities, By: Amanullah De Sondy (Bloomsbury, 2013) -- Introduction \ 1. Mawdudi \ 2. Feminist Interpretation \ 3. The Qur'an \ 4. Ghalib \ 5. Sufism \ 6. Conclusions \ Bibliography \ Index -- Amanullah De Sondy is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Miami, Florida, USA.
  • Gender-based Explosions: The Nexus between Muslim Masculinities, Jihadist Islamism and Terrorism, by Maleeha Aslam, (United Nations University Press; 2012) -- Maleeha Aslam is JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Peace and Security Programme at the United Nations University's Institute for Sustainability and Peace), Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar, and member of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
    Book Description:
    First colonized and now living under political oppression, experiencing marginalization, and feeling dejection and humiliation, many Muslim men in and outside Muslim countries have no opportunities to prove themselves as "honorable" or practice "masculinity" in culturally prescribed ways. Troubled and troublesome, many turn to militant jihadist networks to achieve self-actualization and heroism. Terrorist networks, acting as surrogates to national liberation and antiauthoritarian movements, further complicate these dynamics. Maleeha Aslam argues that gender is a fundamental battleground on which al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their types must be defeated. Issues of regressive radicalism, literalism, militancy, and terrorism can only be solved through people-centered interventions. Therefore, governments and civil society should promote an alternative culture of growth, self-expression, and actualization for Muslim men. To achieve sustainable counterterrorism results, Aslam recommends emphasizing masculine behaviour within the context of Muslim tradition and expanding the scope of required interventions beyond those confined to Islam. The book also includes empirical data from a pilot study conducted on Pakistani Muslim masculinities.
  • Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective, by Amina Wadud
  • Islamic Masculinities (Global Masculinities), by Lahoucine Ouzgane
    Book Description:
    This innovative book outlines the great complexity, variety and difference of male identities in Islamic societies. From the Taliban orphanages of Afghanistan to the caf├ęs of Morocco, from the experience of couples at infertility clinics in Egypt to that of Iraqi conscripts, it shows how the masculine gender is constructed and negotiated in the Islamic Ummah. It goes far beyond the traditional notion that Islamic masculinities are inseparable from the control of women, and shows how the relationship between spirituality and masculinity is experienced quite differently from the prevailing Western norms.
    Christianity
  • God and Boobs: Balancing Faith and Sexuality, by Angie Schuller Wyatt -- Reviewer's comment: "As a pastor who believes that the church too often ruins sex for couples, I was eager to read her take on the issue. In my opinion, the name and the focus on the controversial really detracts from the book. Although I was disappointed how little of the book actually focuses on sexuality, (given the subtitle)I loved the overall message." (By Ray Morris)
  • God's Gift to Women: Discovering the Lost Greatness of Masculinity by Eric Ludy
  • Jacob's Shadow: Christian Perspectives on Masculinity, by Herbert Anderson
  • Evangelicalism and Masculinity: Faith and Gender in El Salvador, by Jose Leonardo Santos
  • Redeeming Men: Religion and Masculinities, by W. Merle Longwood
  • The Story of Sex in Scripture, by Barbara K. Mouse
  • The Spirituality of Mary Magdalene: Embracing the Sacred Union of the Feminine and Masculine as One, by James S. Galluzzo

    Buddhism (in Asian context):
  • A Bull of a Man: Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism, by John Powers
  • Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism, by Judith Simmer-Brown
  • Sex, Sin, and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between, by Brad Warner
    Book Description
    With his one-of-a kind blend of autobiography, pop culture, and plainspoken Buddhism, Brad Warner explores an A-to-Z of sexual topics — from masturbation to dating, gender identity to pornography. In addition to approaching sexuality from a Buddhist perspective, he looks at Buddhism — emptiness, compassion, karma — from a sexual vantage. Throughout, he stares down the tough questions: Can prostitution be a right livelihood? Can a good spiritual master also be really, really bad? And ultimately, what's love got to do with any of it? While no puritan when it comes to non-vanilla sexuality, Warner offers a conscious approach to sexual ethics and intimacy — real-world wisdom for our times.
    From a Review:
    "Since most Buddhists are laypeople (yes, the author intends that pun), Warner offers practice- and experience-based analysis and reflection over a wide range of sex-related topics and flavors, from vanilla (traditional hetero) to kink. A mind-opening interview with Zen-influenced porn star Nina Hartley is included, as is discussion of a difficult topic in Buddhism: student-teacher sexual involvement. Warner is as usual at his best in confessional-analytic mode; he's been romantically involved with a student and written a Buddhist column for a sex-positive Web site. A few chapters seem dry or even unnecessary: a chapter on Amma, for example, is unwarranted. Some women readers will object to the inescapability of the male viewpoint, though the author is aware of his biases. Kudos to Warner for tackling the subject." source: Publishers weekly @ Amazon.
    "Whenever anyone tells me that sex is the key to happiness, or the key to damnation, I'm handing them this book.” — Violet Blue, blogger and sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.


    Hinduism (in the context of India's Culture)
  • Manhood in the Making: Cultural Concepts of Masculinity, David D. Gilmore --From Publishers Weekly @ Amazon: "Spanish Andalusians require that ``real men'' produce offspring, and New Guineans value warriors; however, in India and China, cooperation softens sexist gender roles. ``In a provocative, rewarding cross-cultural survey, Gilmore concludes that men are not so innately different from women: it takes culturally enforced norms of manhood to prod males into assertiveness".
  • Communicating Marginalized Masculinities: Identity Politics in TV, Film, and New Media (Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Communication), by Ronald L. Jackson II
  • Make Me A Man!: Masculinity, Hinduism, and Nationalism in India (S U N Y Series in Religious Studies), by Sikata Banerjee

    Judaism:
  • The Universal Jew: Masculinity, Modernity, and the Zionist Moment, by Mikhal Dekel
  • Theorizing Masculinities (SAGE Series on Men and Masculinity), by Harry Brod
  • Redeeming Men: Religion and Masculinities, by W. Merle Longwood
  • Men and Masculinities in Christianity and Judaism (Critical Reader), by Bjorn Krondorfer
  • Brother Keepers: New Perspectives on Jewish Masculinity, by Harry Brod
    Book Description
    Brother Keepers: New Perspectives on Jewish Masculinity is an international collection of new essays on Jewish men by academics and activists, rabbis and secularists, men and women, on personal experience and congregational life, gendered bodies and Jewish minds, poetry and prayer, literature and film, and more. Simultaneously particular and universal, all engagingly illuminate how masculinities and Judaisms engage each other in gendered Jewishness. Reveiw
    "The collection as a whole is too eclectic to give a good sense of what is going on in Jewish men's studies. But for academic collections on contemporary Jewish identity and for synagogue with an interest in men's concerns, it is a worthy addition." source: Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews @ amazon.


    Other Religious/Spiritual Movements (aka alternative spiritualities):
  • The Masculinity Conspiracy, by Joseph Gelfer
  • Dying to Be Men: Gender and Language in Early Christian Martyr Texts (Gender, Theory, and Religion), by L. Stephanie Cobb
  • Witchcraft and Masculinities in Early Modern Europe (Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic), by Alison Rowlands
  • The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine, by Matthew Fox
  • The Intimate Connection: Male Sexuality, Masculine Spirituality, by James B. Nelson
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